Kitchen Renovation Update

December 2, 2016

We're so close to finishing this project!  I'm an avid HGTV watcher so I know that renovation projects often cost more and take longer than the original estimates but I was not prepared for the extant to which that would happen in ours.  Thanks to a combination of planning errors, unexpected issues, and scope creep (I'm looking at you, D!), this five week project has turned into a three month one.
  We've come a long way from the builder-standard kitchen we started with and the empty shell we had when we left for Thailand.  So far, the floors are done (I'll be doing a post on finished concrete floors soon) and all the cabinets are in.  The counter top material was on back order because of the holidays but our contractors took pity on us and put down some plywood for me to use for now.  They've also loaned us a sink a faucet so I'm actually able to use the kitchen.  It's so nice to be back to cooking the way we like to.  The dark cabinets look great with the floors and the slate-finish appliances.  I can't wait to see it all put together once the counters go in next Tuesday!

From the family room through the dining area to the kitchen

Little Planes

December 1, 2016

A friend from D's work has been asking him for some help on his plane and he invited all of us out to the airfield to see it.  I was expecting to see Cessna-size airplanes and was surprised to see  stripped-down ultra-light planes instead.  The kids loved the "little planes" and fought over who got to sit in them.  The boys loved seeing the engine strapped on top and Sky kept admiring the paint jobs (there's a discussion about built-in gender identity there...).
  D's friend's plane isn't quite ready to fly yet but there was another pilot at the airfield that day and he offered to take D up for a short flight.  D was really excited and even got to fly the plane for a little while. 
  We love exploring Tucson and finding this little airfield and it's "little planes" was another great experience for our family.

Thailand: Getting There and a Day in Bangkok

November 29, 2016

  Back to Bangkok! We were all really excited to be on the road again, to be heading back to a place that we loved.  D and I had been planning the trip for almost a year and while we were nervous about leaving in the middle of our kitchen renovation, we were ready to be on the go.
  Thanks to Frontier Airlines, our on the go looked started out looking like this:

Life Lately

November 27, 2016

What better way to step back into blogging than with a barrage of pictures?  I'll be posting more about our kitchen renovation and our trip to Thailand and Korea but for now, here's what we've been up to lately...

  After-school play time at the park

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